As we approach summer, you might be thinking about getting outside more and enjoying the warmer weather, just overall enjoying nature. You can do the same inside your Eastern Panhandle homes by learning to "go green" with subtle updates and changes. It can be as easy as swapping out a light bulb or upgrading your kitchen to energy-efficient appliances. Greening your homes on the Eastern Panhandle may be easier than you think! Plus, with these tips and home updates, homebuyers may take notice and push your Jefferson County or Berkeley County home to the top of their wish list!
Light Bulb Swap
Going green at your homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg does not have to be overwhelming. For instance, you can change your light bulbs to CFL, energy-efficient bulbs and already be on your way. CFL is short for "compact fluorescent light" and these bulbs offer a great alternative to incandescent bulbs. They do not lose energy to heat and overall, consume less power than your typical light bulb.
Be Eco Conscious
You can begin your green process as a weekend project or take it room by room this week. Walk around your home and make notes of where you could be cutting costs with energy-efficient upgrades and eco-friendly elements. If you're preparing to sell your Eastern Panhandle home, painting may be on your to-do list. This is one area where you can make a change to use a paint with no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) or harsh chemicals. If you're simply spring cleaning this month, see if you can swap out your current product to those that don't contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde.
Think about what a West Virginia homebuyer will want from your home— number of bedrooms, location, great price, easy and healthy living environment. That last feature can easily be pointed out to those that are interested in the property and may boost their opinion. Another way to do this comes as you stage the home to prepare for homebuyers to take a look. Consider using all natural air fresheners to make the home smell fresh, but also reduce chemicals. According to home improvement site BrightNest, "If you're using store-bought aerosol fresheners at home, you're likely spraying two toxic chemicals in the air: benzene and formaldehyde." Use cinnamon sticks, lavender, vanilla or even lemons to help freshen up your spaces.
Are you ready to sell your homes in Jefferson County or Berkeley County? We can help with everything that comes next! Contact the Kable Team today for more tips on the local Eastern Panhandle real estate market and why this is the best time to make a move.
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